In this era of specialization where many young athletes are focusing on one sport, Central Catholic (Toledo, Ohio) 2019 wide receiver Jase Bowen is pursuing his dream of not only catching passes on the gridiron, but catching fly balls in the outfield.
The 3-star prospect in football according to 247 Sports, who had committed to Notre Dame to play baseball, received an offer from Michigan State on March 12 to play both sports. This coming a little over a week after an unofficial visit to campus.
Bowen spoke with The Armchair All-Americans about his latest offer from the Spartans and how his first visit to East Lansing went.
“It was a great visit and it was huge for me to get that football offer,” Bowen told Armchair. “Been a dream of mine since I was a boy to play both sports at this level and I’m excited to receive that opportunity from Michigan State.”
“Got to tour campus and see their first class facilities with Coach (Terrance) Samuel. You can tell they are a very historic program.”
Bowen also got to sit in on some team meetings with Michigan State wide receivers coach Terrance Samuel.
“I really liked how laid back he (Samuel) is,” Bowen said. “He has a great bond with his guys and he has a tremendous track record of getting guys to the NFL.”
Following that Bowen got to talk with Michigan State baseball coach Jake Boss before sitting down with head football coach Mark Dantonio.
“Coach Boss was very complimentary and excited to have me on campus,” Bowen said. “He also respected the fact that I was committed to Notre Dame at the time, which I appreciated.”
“Coach Dantonio is a very high class guy. Very humble and he told me that when it comes to recruiting players that high-character guys are who MSU goes after.”
Upon being informed of his offer to play football for Michigan State, Bowen decided to decommit from Notre Dame who at this point have only offered the 6-foot-1 and 178 prospect for baseball. Bowen has several other offers for football, most notably from Virginia, Minnesota and Kentucky.
As a shortstop/outfielder and wide receiver, what skills translate from the diamond to the gridiron for Bowen?
“Catching a football over your shoulder and tracking down a fly ball require very similar skill sets,” Bowen explained. “Playing baseball takes tremendous hand-eye coordination, which in turn helps my ball skills on the football field.”
As for what he sees himself bringing to the table from a football stand point, Bowen told Armchair that his versatility is what sets him a part from other prospects.
“I enjoy springing my running back loose with a nice block, just as much as I do catching a long touchdown pass,” Bowen said. “I like to make plays and I could really see myself contributing in the return game as well as in a wildcat package with the ball in my hands.”
The Spartans are the favorites to land the No. 75 wide out in the nation for now, but Bowen has visits planned with Cincinnati, Ohio State, Minnesota, Kentucky, among others. The No. 22 ranked player in the state of Ohio told Armchair he is also planning on returning to East Lansing for Michigan State’s Spring game on April 7.